HARC/RPSEA Project Workshop - Focusing on Environmental Issues Associated with Unconventional Natural Gas Operations

Objectives: The overall objective of the workshop is to gather and develop information that may be used in the development of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) annual research plan. RPSEA’s mission is to provide a stewardship role in ensuring the focused research, development and deployment of safe and environmentally sensitive technology that can effectively deliver hydrocarbons from domestic resources to the citizens of the United States.

The mission of the Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Program (Unconventional Resources Program) is to identify and develop economically viable technologies to locate, characterize and produce unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources in an environmentally acceptable manner.

Agenda (Preliminary):




0800 – 0900

Registration and coffee


0900 – 0910

Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Richard Haut, HARC

Setting the Stage

0910 – 0925

EHS Emphasis – Government Perspective

Groundwater Protection Council

0925 – 0940

EHS Emphasis – State Perspective (Water Issues)

Sanjeev Kalaswad, Texas Water Development Board

0940 – 0955

EHS Emphasis – Industry Perspective (Site Issues)

Dave Cesark, Mesa Energy Partners

0955 – 1010

EHS Emphasis – Environmental Perspective (Air Issues)

Dr. Susan Stuver, Texas Center for Applied Technologies

1010 – 1030



Developing the Ideas

1030 – 1100

How RPSEA works

Dr. Robert Siegfried, RPSEA

1100 – 1230

First Discussion Session

Facilitated discussion

1230 – 1300


1300 – 1430

Second Discussion Session

Facilitated discussion

1430 – 1445



1445 – 1615

Third Discussion Session

Facilitated discussion

1615 – 1630

Wrap up


After a series of talks on various perspectives concerning environmental, health and safety issues, there will be three discussion sessions. These sessions are designed to discuss potential research ideas in a nonproprietary, unrestricted manner. To make these sessions effective, participants are encouraged to complete a Project Idea Input Form and return it with their registration for the workshop. (See below to download this form and return to HARC).

Project Idea Input Forms will be collected with the registration forms and sorted into the three discussion sessions. After review, some of the forms will be selected for presentation during the discussion sessions. The submitter of the selected form will be given three minutes to present the material on the form. Up to 10 forms will be selected for presentation during each of the three sessions (total of 30 forms may be presented). All of the forms sent in will be distributed at the workshop and will be included in the workshop summary.

Pre-registration is required and will begin now and end August 11, 2011. There is a cost of $50 to attend the workshop in order to cover the cost of lunch and coffee breaks. Registration may be limited. No refunds will be issued after August 11.
Project Idea Input Form
Please make sure to download below the Project Idea Input Form as part of your registration and return to Ginny Jahn with HARC at gjahn@harc.edu.

For directions, click HARC.


Organizer Rich Haut


Thu, Aug. 18, 2011
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

Event has ended


Houston Advanced Research Center
4800 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77381